Jim Moroney

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    May 1, 2012

    The Morning News is "Very Satisfied" with Year One of the Paywall. How 'Bout You?

    Yesterday was First-Quarter Earnings Day for Dallas Morning News parent A.H. Belo, or as we call it in the newspaper business, So How Many of Us Are Getting Whacked on Christmas Day? Day. The news was pretty predictable: Total first-quarter revenue was $105 million, down 7 percent over last year. ... More >>

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    January 6, 2012

    Dallas News Publisher Moroney's Memo on Exit of John McKeon, The Man Behind Briefing

    John McKeon​Yesterday we got word that John McKeon, the president and general manager of The Dallas Morning News since October 2007, was leaving, which publisher Jim Moroney confirmed via email. At which point a press release went out, leading with news of fourth-quarter 2011 earnings ("decrease o ... More >>

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    November 5, 2011

    Dallas News Publisher Jim Moroney Talks to UT Students, Profs About the Future of His Paper

    On Thursday, Jim Moroney paid a visit to Austin, where he told an audience of University of Texas journalism students and professors: Only The Major Metropolitan Newspaper can preserve, protect and defend democracy ... or something like that. The Dallas Morning News's publisher spoke of rapidly shri ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Dallas News Publisher Denies Report That in Three Years, Paper Won't Print Every Day

    ​Earlier today, an item appeared on The Poynter Institute's website in which Mark Medici, vice president of audience for The Dallas Morning News, is quoted as saying that within the next three years, "we won't have a seven-day paper." Medici allegedly delivered that shocking bit of news during a c ... More >>

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    September 7, 2011

    Dallas News Publisher, CEO Jim Moroney Addresses Tuesday's Newsroom Layoffs

    Among the 38 let go from the Dallas Morning News yesterday was Lee Hancock, who said her goodbyes on the DMNCuts website: "I am grateful for the fun it's mostly been. I hope for better, happier days for all who remain." It wasn't so long ago that the newspaper ran the ad you see above, celebrating s ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    The Dallas Mourning News

    ​All day long the emails have come in, each wondering when we'll note the layoffs currently taking place at The Dallas Morning News. Says here that 38 employees have been given their pink slips and this severance agreement intended to fend off age discrimination lawsuits like the one filed followi ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Dallas News Publisher Jim Moroney Addresses Decision to Shutter Quick, Rumors of Layoffs

    ​As Merritt noted on Mixmaster earlier, The Dallas Morning News will no longer publish Quick after its August 4 issue, bringing to a close the free weekly's 8-year-long run. Jim Moroney, the publisher and CEO at The News, tells Unfair Park he broke the news to its staff at around 10:30 this mornin ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    The News's Jim Moroney, Making News

    ​A little while ago I saw this lengthy and occasional inside-baseball Q&A with Dallas Morning News publisher Jim Moroney in which he insists that life behind the pay wall's just fine, thanks for asking. Sorry -- that's "subscriber content initiative." Anyway. Says Moroney, since the pay wall w ... More >>

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    January 18, 2011

    I Tried Using New News Site ...

    ​... but half the site didn't load this morning. Instead, I kept getting the message, "Sorry you are experiencing a delay. Please try your request again." And it won't verify my subscriber account -- now I have to call just so I can read that story about how "Carrollton councilman urges residents ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    How Much Dallas History Is In This 1890 Photo For Sale on eBay? Quite a Bit.

    ​What you see at left is but a bit of a photo currently up for grabs on eBay at the low, low price (for now) of $39. It was taken in 1890 at the intersection of McKinney and Harwood, and the photo IDs the manse only as "Maroney's House," per the scribble on the back of the photograph.But the alway ... More >>

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    January 10, 2011

    Moroney's Memo

    ​When I spoke with Dallas Morning News publisher and CEO Jim Moroney Wednesday morning about the paper's forthcoming "'Subscriber Content' initiative," the very first thing he said was that he couldn't believe someone hadn't leaked his memo sent to the staff, which he then proceeded to summarize. ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011

    "Against the Grain": Jim Moroney on the Decision to Erect a Paywall at The Dallas News

    ​Shortly before The Dallas Morning News announced the erection of its paywall, which goes into place February 15, publisher and CEO Jim Moroney sent to the staff a memo in which he wrote: Brace yourself. Said Moroney in a phone conversation with Unfair Park at 6:30 this morning, as he was driving ... More >>

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    January 4, 2011

    Why Price of The Dallas News Just Went Up

    ​First, The Dallas Morning News was going to begin charging for online content December 14; then came a delay. But this morning comes The Official Word, via online story (still free!) and press release, outlining the "The Next Generation" in A.H. Belo news delivery.What the story says that the rel ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    News Delays Launch of iPhone, iPad Apps and "Subscriber Content." Till When? Dunno.

    ​A couple of weeks back we noticed that The Dallas Morning News would begin offering very special "subscriber content"on December 14, the same date the paper intended to launch its new iPhone and iPad apps. Publisher Jim Moroney wouldn't offer any further details about's banner anno ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010

    To The Dallas Morning News, Gay Couple's Marriage Is Still Just a "Commitment"

    The Skype wedding witnessed 'round the world​The Skype'd wedding of Mark Reed and Dante Walkup -- held at the Dallas W hotel, officiated over Internet teleconferencing software in Washington, D.C. -- went viral a few weeks after the gay couple was legally married in our nation's capital in October ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    Dallas News to Erect Paywall Next Month

    ​At the end of August there was that report noting that The Dallas Morning News was about to put much of its staff-written content behind a paywall, leaving only Associated Press pieces and 150-word breaking-news briefs as gratis offerings. Publisher and CEO Jim Moroney told us that wasn't quite a ... More >>

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    August 31, 2010

    Moroney Responds to News Paywall Report

    ​Soon as I stumbled across that News & Tech piece noting that The Dallas Morning News is set to begin charging for staff-generated online content, I asked the paper's publisher and CEO, Jim Moroney, if that was true. At 9:02 this morning, he responded via e-mail. This is what he wrote, in full ... More >>

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    August 30, 2010

    Is The Dallas News About to Duck Behind a Paywall? Well, That's What One Report Says.

    ​I just sent an e-mail to Dallas Morning News publisher and CEO Jim Moroney. I asked him one simple question: Is the paper about to start charging for some online content? Because that's what a report from something called News & Tech says this afternoon:The Morning News' strategy will include ... More >>

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    August 2, 2010

    When The Dallas Morning News Introduces Its iPad App, You Can Thank The NY Times

    ​Forthcoming at the beginning of 2011: The Dallas Morning News's iPad app. Only, per the press release this morning, it'll be a New York Times-made product via its new Press Engine offshoot, which is spitting out iPad and iPhone products for smaller publications without the resources to do it them ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    If You'd Like to Buy The News' Southern Dallas Packaging Facility, It's Now on the Market

    ​Maybe you recall that back in November, we heard from Dallas Morning News publisher Jim Moroney about the company's decision to pack up and abandon its Southern Dallas packaging facility near the intersection of Interstates 20 and 45 on Langdon Road. Reason we e-mailed Moroney was because some fo ... More >>

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    December 3, 2009

    Dallas News Publisher Jim Moroney Really Wants to Stress, "Our Content Isn't For Sale"

    News publisher Jim Moroney​Late this evening, Dallas Morning News publisher and chief executive officer Jim Moroney called to discuss editor Bob Mong's memo concerning the paper's new "business/news integration," which has some of the paper's section editors reporting directly to newly assigned ad ... More >>

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    November 24, 2009

    Dallas News Inches Closer to Charging for Online Content and Blocking Google News

    ​The latest news about The News should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone who's listened to the paper's publisher and CEO, Jim Moroney, since at least February, when he told Unfair Park that, yes, sooner or later A.H. Belo would "experiment" with finding out how much online readers were will ... More >>

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    November 3, 2009

    News CEO Jim Moroney on His Decision to Close the Paper's Southern Dallas Facility

    ​When A.H. Belo Corporation released its third-quarter financials on Friday, included high in the press release was this note: "As part of the Company's ongoing efforts to realign its business and reduce expenses, The Dallas Morning News will close the packaging facility as it consolidates product ... More >>

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    May 29, 2009

    Dallas News's Jim Moroney Did Attend Newspapers' So-Called "Secret" Meeting

    The Friends of Unfair Park concerned with the state -- and fate -- of the newspaper business are no doubt aware that in a Chicago suburb yesterday, bigwigs, honchos and major-domos from most of the country's biggest news-gathering organizations huddled together to chat about monetizing online conten ... More >>

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    May 6, 2009

    "Content Matters."

    David Simon, sitting to the left of Dallas Morning News publisher Jim Moroney at today's Senate subcommittee hearing on "The Future of Journalism," edited his prepared testimony. The creator of The Wire left out the part about how, when a newspaper exec complains about how technology is the sole rea ... More >>

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    May 6, 2009

    Jim Moroney's Clearly No Edgar Winter Fan

    Oooooh, can't wait: We're about 15 minutes away from the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet "Future of Journalism" hearing, where, as we noted yesterday, Dallas Morning News publisher and CEO Jim Moroney will testify alongside The Wire creator David Simon and Arianna ... More >>

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    May 5, 2009

    Mr. Moroney Goes to Washington

    James Moroney IIIDallas Morning News publisher and CEO Jim Moroney will be in D.C. tomorrow for a hearing on "The Future of Journalism," scheduled to kick off at 1:30 p.m. C.S.T. in front of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee's Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and t ... More >>

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    April 7, 2009

    Free Shaggy: Why One Now-Former News'er Wants to "Run Topless Down the Street"

    Dallas Morning News insiders and the merely curious have no doubt spent the better part of the day watching the comments pile up on the DMNcuts blog, which has documented the layoffs taking place inside 508 Young Street. Condolences have been extended, tempers have flared, those let go have said the ... More >>

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    April 6, 2009

    At The News Today, "D Day"

    This morning, A.H. Belo Corporation announced that layoffs at The Dallas Morning News will begin promptly, with "the majority of the actions [taking place] today and tomorrow." By the time the company's done with its so-called "cost-cutting measures," it will have eliminated 14 percent of its total ... More >>

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    March 11, 2009

    As WFAA-Channel 8 Adds Third Morning Anchor, Belo Announces 150 Layoffs

    On Monday, Ed Bark noted that WFAA-Channel 8 has hired Kristin Mitchell as a co-host on Good Morning Texas -- making that show a threesome now, as the former St. Louis anchor joins a set already populated by Gary Cogill and Amy Vanderoef. A Friend of Unfair Park is not impressed with B ... More >>

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    February 17, 2009

    This Morning, A.H. Belo Corp. Announces Loss of 14 Percent in Total Revenue in 2008

    In the wake of A.H. Belo's recent announcement that it's laying off yet another 500 employees -- no later than March 28 -- the question is: How much money did The Dallas Morning News's parent company make in 2008, the first year it operated as a spin-off of Belo Corp.? The answer, revealed in this m ... More >>

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    January 9, 2009

    Is Your News Worth a Dollar a Day?

    A.H. Belo hopes you think so, because The Dallas Morning News just posted the following notice: Starting Feb. 9, The Dallas Morning News will increase the newsstand price of its Monday-through-Saturday newspapers to one dollar from the current level of 75 cents. The News attributed ... More >>

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    July 9, 2007

    Mong and Moroney to Staff: Yer Doin' a DMN Good Job

    Craig Flournoy and Tracy Everbach's highly critical Dallas Morning News review in the Columbia Journalism Review, first mentioned here Thursday, has prompted a response from the paper's Big Bosses, editor Bob Mong and publisher and chief executive officer Jim Moroney. Unfair Park was forwarded a mem ... More >>

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    July 9, 2007

    You Know, Bob Mong, You're Right

    Matt Pulle's not looking for a new gig, Mr. Mong, but he does want you to know what a fine job your paper's doing. You're welcome. I can’t believe I’m about to write this, but here goes: Jim Moroney and Bob Mong are right. The Dallas Morning News is doing a good job, and for Craig Flournoy and T ... More >>

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    July 5, 2007

    CJR to DMN: You Kinda Suck

    Yesterday morning, I found in my in-box this Columbia Journalism Review story about The Dallas Morning News -- specifically, about the state o' Dallas' Only Daily in the wake of the 2004 and '06 layoffs that reduced the newsroom staff by 30 percent. The piece -- penned by former News-ers turned loca ... More >>

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    September 29, 2006

    You Know What They Say About Small Packages

    Well, for one thing, they contain tiny gifts. Or dynamite. Or the new, sleeker model of Dallas' Only Daily. With Byron Nelson's death and Terrell Owens' accidental non-suicide attempt, this week provided an immediate Litmus test for the post-buyout Dallas Morning News' SportsDay section. And, like w ... More >>

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    September 17, 2006

    Man Bites Dog

    Ed Bark says of Belo bossman Robert Decherd: "Many veteran employees at the newspaper have never even seen him. He's not known as much of a 'people person.'" Uh, Ed, we're still not sure he's a real person. Turns out, his bite is worse than his Bark. That's Ed Bark, by the way, officially the former ... More >>

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    September 14, 2006
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    September 14, 2006

    The 411 on The 111

    Some Morning News staffers we know have taken to calling Belo CEO Robert Decherd "Howard Hughes" because he's been kinda absent of late. Well, we assume that's why. Nothing to do with jarring, we don't think. Well, at least there's no more guessing to be done about the final number. It's 111, for th ... More >>

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    August 23, 2006

    At The DMN, A Last Supper (Brown Bag Lunch, Actually)

    Today, Dallas Morning News employees received this missive from Jim Moroney, their publisher and CEO. Word is, staffers at Dallas' Only Daily--who, beginning at 8:30 this morning, could begin letting their bosses know whether they're accepting the paper's buyout offer--choked on it. "I am sorry to ... More >>

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    August 10, 2006

    "Not For Everyone"? Sure Sounds Like It

    This morning, Belo Corp. issued a press release announcing that, at long last, it has provided to Dallas Morning News staffers details of the "Previously Announced Voluntary Severance Program." In short, it says it's "being offered to almost all newsroom employees" and that it's merely part of the " ... More >>

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    July 20, 2006

    Note to DMN'ers: Keep Waiting.

    We just received a memo sent to Dallas Morning News staffers yesterday regarding the upcoming shake-up in the newsroom. As we noted here last week, the paper's about to lose some 50-60 employees in the coming days, some likely from GuideLive, not two years after Belo Corp. axed 250 workers at Dallas ... More >>

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    May 8, 2006
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    October 13, 2005

    One Guess

    Popular sandwich meat, rhymes with Moroney

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    November 18, 2004

    At the Ripping Point

    Dallas' only daily finds itself losing a war for readers' eyeballs and the heart of its staff

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    August 14, 2003

    So Sorry

    DMN publisher to staff: "My bad."

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    August 7, 2003

    Queer Means "Odd"

    Why the News downsized its gay stories

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    July 17, 2003

    Don't Let the Door Hitcha

    The DMN gets busy "re-orging"

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    July 10, 2003

    Community Standards

    For the love of money

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    March 13, 2003

    Love for Sale

    Buzz's soul is up for grabs. And the price ain't bad.

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